Lynchburg dam WARNING: City could DROWN in 17 feet of water in 7 MINUTES if dam breaks

Friday, August 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

A DAM in Lynchburg, Virginia, could be on the verge of breaching putting the whole city at risk of drowning under 17 feet (5m) of water in as little as 7 minutes.

Fri, Aug 3, 2018

Evacuations are underway for some of Lynchburg, Virginia’s 80,000 residents over fears the dam could breach soon.

The dam infrastructure is in a critical state after heavy downpours boosted water levels.

A flash flood warning is now in place and 80,000 people have been ordered to move to higher ground immediately.

Flood watches and warnings stretch from Alabama to Vermont.

Speaking from Lynchburg, CBS’s Chip Reid warned the eastern USA city could be flooded within 7 minutes.

He said: “Take a look behind me. You see that police car and the hill behind it.

“About 200yards down that hill is a dam, behind that dam is a reservoir, College Lake.

“It has about 225 million gallons of water behind it.

“The worst case scenario if that dam does breach, officials are worried it might, is that water would go surging downhill into Lynchburg and it could drown that city in 17 feet of water in about 7 minutes.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning for the Black Creek Trail Area, around a mile from the city, at around 9.30pm until 3.15pm local time (8.15pm BST).

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